Friday, October 14, 2011

Ramblin' Wreck - Part Deux

The Ramblin’ Wreck let us guys who like to have a little wager on games down last week by not taking advantage of several opportunities to put away the Maryland Terrapins. The cover was lost in the second half by letting a back-up quarterback put up a couple of touchdowns on their defense. It seemed like the Georgia Tech offense was just not clicking throughout this game and several big plays were simply not converted when they were available in what looked like a loss of focus in the second half. This week the #12 Yellow Jackets (6-0) travel to Charlottesville to take on the unranked Virginia Cavaliers (3-2) and have a good chance to go 7 – 0 on the season.

Even with the down game last week the Yellow Jacket offense is still racking up an average of 553 yards per game and a 6.5 yard average per rushing attempt. In the game last week, Yellow Jacket quarterback Tevin Washington went his first week without a touchdown pass and threw a pick to double his number of interceptions to 2 for the season. The big concern for Washington is that he is barely breaking a 50% average on pass completions. This will have to improve if Georgia Tech is going to be a player in the ACC and a part of the national discussion.

Virginia has had an up and down season thus far. They lost their only conference contest in Chapel Hill to North Carolina (17 – 28), their three wins include a narrow win against the Big 10’s basement dweller Indiana and the Cavalier’s last game was a 21 – 20 win against Idaho of the Western Athletic Conference. Even though the Cavaliers have been primarily facing inferior opponents their defensive stats are still impressive. They are only allowing 311 yards per game in offense and are holding opponents to 3.5 yards per rushing attempt and 5.7 yards per pass completion. The one big advantage the Wahoos will have this Saturday is their two weeks to prepare for the Georgia Tech offense and historically teams that have extra time to prepare for the spread option ground attack have done well, Virginia Tech defeated the Yellow Jackets last season after having extra time to prepare.

Even though this game is being played in Charlottesville I don’t see a big home field advantage. The Virginia fans are right up there with the Carolina schools in being considered the wine and cheese fans of the ACC. Look for Virginia to keep things close in the first half by utilizing their rushing game to keep the Georgia Tech offense off the field. However, in the end I think the Yellow Jackets win this game 28 – 20. So for you gamblers out there if you can get Georgia Tech at -7 you should take it, anything above that the better play may be the under of 55 and a half.

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